3rd March 2008 12:35
Tony Grew; pinknews.co.uk
, the Jamaican lesbian and gay rights group, has rejected calls for a tourist boycott in protest at homophobia on the island. Canadian newspapers have been focusing on the prejudice and violence gay people face in Jamaica since a leading activist sought asylum there, and some have called for Canadians to refuse to holiday in the popular destination.
In a statement released yesterday, J-Flag, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said it shared the frustration at the "slow progress towards transforming the social climate that makes it difficult for gays and lesbians in Jamaica to lead lives free from homophobic violence.
"Yet, because of the possible repercussions of increased homophobic
violence against our already besieged community, we feel that a tourist boycott is not the most appropriate response at this time.
"In our battle to win hearts and minds, we do not wish to be perceived as taking food off the plate of those who are already impoverished. "In fact, members of our own community could be disproportionately affected by a worsened economic situation brought about by a tourist ban.
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